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3 Looks Inspired by Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More”

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Okay, so I rarely try to force my musical tastes on others, but…everyone needs to listen to Mumford & Sons.

Maybe that came off as a bit pushy, but seriously: You need to give these guys a listen. Think of them as the British version of the Avett Brothers equipped with serious banjo-playing skills and soul-searching lyrics. If you like bands like Kings of Leon and Noah and The Whale, then Mumford & Sons will be a perfect addition to your iTunes library — not to mention a summer soundtrack must-have.

About Mumford & Sons

I first discovered the British folk quartet this spring while studying abroad in London, and instantly fell in love. Whether it was because of Marcus Mumford’s delectable vibrato or his knack for translating bitter emotions into beautiful melodic poetry, I immediately knew Mumford & Sons would be a U.S. indie hit. And if they weren’t already perfect candidates for college radio, they’re influenced by both William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck. Talented, smart literary nerds – what’s not to like?

Mumford & Sons consists of four young Brits – Marcus Mumford, “Country” Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane – friends from West London who set out to make unapologetically-catchy music in 2007. Since then, the group has found considerable success in the U.K. They released their debut album, “Sigh No More,” in February 2010, and recently, it’s been gaining steam on the U.S. charts after the success of their first U.S. tour.

Currently, their album is no. 1 on the Billboard folk albums chart and in the top ten on iTunes’ album download chart, and their single, “Little Lion Man,” is all over the alternative radio scene.

Without further ado, here are three folksy looks inspired by one of my favorite albums of 2010, Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More”:

Look No. 1: “The Cave”

3 Looks inspired by Mumford & Sons Look 1

Product Information: Dress – Modcloth; Shoes – Ruche; Fedora – Urban Outfitters; Handbag – Wet Seal; Necklace – Modcloth; Earrings – Kate Spade; Belt – TopShop

“The Cave” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It starts as a sweet, hopeful tune, then bursts into a sudden hoedown rife with raw passion, guided by Marcus Mumford’s soulful twang. The song inspired me to create a look combining the simplicity of folk with the sincerity of Marcus Mumford’s lyrics.

To start this look off, I chose a printed frock with a sweetheart neckline and added a braided skinny belt for a subtle touch of personality. For footwear, I chose oxford flats, which are among the hottest trends for fall, as well as a versatile wardrobe staple: They look equally great with dresses (as seen above), skinny jeans, or simple shorts.

For accessories, I added some sunrise-hued gold jewelry with a vintage-inspired aesthetic and a simple straw fedora. For those of you who think you can’t pull off a fedora, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong: The key to wearing a fab fedora is to keep the rest of your look relaxed and simple, as this outfit demonstrates. Lastly, I found this Chanel-esque quilted messenger bag from Wet Seal to class up this folksy look.

Look No. 2: “Winter Winds”

3 Looks Mumford & Sons Look 2

Product Information: Top – Modcloth; Boyfriend Jeans – Jack Wills; Wedges – Steve Madden; Bag – ASOS; Necklace – Tilly’s; Earrings – TopShop; Bangles – Cara Accessories

While “Sigh No More” includes many hopeful tracks, “Winter Winds” is one of the more melancholy tunes on the album. But in contrast to the typical ‘woe-is-me’ breakup song, in “Sigh No More,” Mumford wants his winter fling to move on and start anew in the spring. To channel that idea, I chose a look inspired by spring and moving forward with your life.

To create a soft, relaxed look, I paired a tiered lace top with a pair of light-wash boyfriend jeans. (If slouchy jeans aren’t your thing, a more fitted light-wash jean would work here as well.) The Steve Madden wedges I chose complement the femininity of the top and their flower accents allude to spring.

For accessories, I chose items to complement this outfit’s upbeat look: The yellow handbag, broken heart necklace and gold bangles all add pops of color and shimmer. Finally, these TopShop earrings are not only a cute accessory, but they symbolize the ticking clock moving all of our lives forward.

Look No. 3: “Little Lion Man”

3 Looks - Mumford & Sons - Look 3

Product Information: Shirt – American Eagle; Jeans – Metropark; Handbag – TopShop; Moccasins – Minnetonka; Belt – TopShop; Ring – Fred Flare; Brooch Pin – Avalaya

“Little Lion Man,” the album’s current U.S. single, is racing up the charts as we speak – I hear it on my local alternative station constantly. The song provides an honest look into a torn relationship with a hard-hitting hook. Marcus Mumford described the song as:

“A very personal story, so I won’t elaborate upon too much. Suffice to say, it was a situation in my life I wasn’t very happy with or proud of…It felt like the right song to be the single because it represented the harder, darker side of what we do, and at the same time, the more folksy and punchy side.”

To create an outfit representative of that folksy, punchy side Mumford describes, I paired some dark-wash skinny jeans with a plaid boyfriend-fit button-down. The black leather satchel adds a bit of an edge, while the suede moccasins bring in a touch of folk. As for the accessories, the Fred Flare antique keyhole ring perfectly complements the vintage key pin brooch, completing a look that’s folk-chic with a bad-girl twist.

Like what you see?

If you like what you see and you want to give Mumford & Sons a listen, check them out at their official MySpace or their official website. You can even follow their humorous happenings on their blog — including ‘Ben’s Food on the Road,’ ‘Ted’s Photography‘ and ‘Marcus’ Book Club.‘  Funny and smart? I told you they were something special.

What do you think?

Do you listen to Mumford & Sons? What do you think about their folk-rock sound? Would you rock these folksy looks? What other folk artists do you listen to? Let me know your thoughts and music suggestions by leaving me a comment!

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38 Responses to “3 Looks Inspired by Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More””

  1. 1
    August 6th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve kind of fallen in love with this group and their music; so awesome that you did a post on them! Seems like I’m seeing them all over the place these days. The first outfit is absolutely my kind of style, but I love the others, too. Especially those key and lock accessories in the third outfit. Love.

    If you’re looking for other great folk-y artists, check out Fleet Foxes, The Low Anthem, and Sufjan Stevens. And Florence + the Machine isn’t exactly folk, but still has a really fantastic album for summer listening.

  2. 2
    August 6th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    this band is amazing!! I typically never buy CDs (who needs to, when you can download anything for free or just buy a single song off of iTunes?) but I bought “Sigh No More” after listening to previews of just 3 of Mumford and Son’s songs. I used to hate when you would buy a CD just to hear 3 or 4 good songs…but that is not the case with “Sigh No More”. I listen to the entire thing without skipping any songs at least once a day!! Amazing music…and I love love love the outfits!!!!

  3. 3
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve actually never heard of these guys before, but the outfits do look good. I’ll have to check them out!

  4. 4
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you sooo much for supporting this band. They’re the best! I’m so happy they got nominated for a VMA.

  5. 5
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    ahhh i adore mumford and sons!!
    i bought my dad their album for father’s day and i’m very glad he’s left it in the car to put on whenever we’re in the car!!
    great, creative ideas for inspiration!!
    i love the first outfit :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  6. 6
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the music recommendation–I’m checking them out now and so far, I like what I hear! Also, I LOVE all of these outfits. Good post! :)

  7. 7
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    They kind of remind me of Augustana(one of my all time favorite bands). The outfits you created are really cute, I’m just not sure if I can pull off oxfords!

  8. 8
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Mumford & Sons is easily one of my favorite bands. They’ve really turned me onto folk music, it’s all i’ve been listening to for months now.

  9. 9
    August 6th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you! I’ve heard Little Lion Man on my local alternative radio station a lot, but I’ve never managed to catch the title or the band. I’m listening to them now, and I think they’ll be joining my itunes library pretty soon.

  10. 10
    August 6th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I love outfits #1 and #3! Very cute, and they look comfy too. Thanks for the music recommendation.

  11. 11
    August 6th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of the group but will have to check their music out. They have really cute outfits. I’d love to see a Katy Perry inspired outfits.

  12. 12
    August 6th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    “Okay, so I rarely try to force my musical tastes on others, but…everyone needs to listen to Mumford & Sons.

    I totally agree with this statement. Within 3 months, they’ve climbed to the top of my most played list.

  13. 13
    August 6th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    i totally love this group
    (everyone should listen to them!)
    especially the song little lion man,
    which also happened to be my favorite of the posted outfits :)

  14. 14
    August 7th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I’ve never heard of them, so thanks for the music suggestion. By the way, my favorite outfit is definitely the last one. They’re all cute, though, of course.

  15. 15
    August 7th, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Wow love those outfits! Great job!

  16. 16
    August 7th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hey Kim, I wrote a post on Katy Perry inspired fashion a few weeks ago. You can check it out here:
    http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/musical-muses-fashion-inspired-by-katy-perry/
    I love her cute and quirky style!

  17. 17
    August 7th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    cute! :)
    i absolutely adore mumford & sons, and being british I’m glad you appreciate our home-grown talent!
    just for a suggestion, could you possibly do an article on ellie goulding?
    she is another british artist, with very good music.
    keep up the good work! :) xoxo

  18. 18
    August 7th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Really liked the first collection, although I’d like to put number 2’s bangles with it.

    Looking forward to your next post!

  19. 19
    August 7th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Hey Jenny! Thank you so much! I absolutely LOVE Ellie Goulding. She is fabulous! “Wish I Stayed” is currently my most played song on iTunes :) And just so you know – most of the bands on my iPod are British – The Smiths, The Police, The Clash, The Script The Beatles…

    Last week, I did a post inspired by Diana Vickers’ new album – you can find it here: http://www.collegefashion.net/inspiration/3-looks-inspired-by-diana-vickers-songs-from-the-tainted-cherry-tree/

    Thanks for all of the really great feedback guys! I’m glad you all enjoy Mumford & Sons as much as I do.

  20. 20
    August 7th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Love this! I would wear almost every look.. they’re all very britishy fashion!
    Mumford and Sons are becoming VERY big over here.. they get played at most parties and what not (well the ones I go to!)

    Emma, Scotland (UK)

    xx

  21. 21
    August 8th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I love Mumford & Son’s so much. My friend introduced me to them and I can’t stop listening to “Sigh No More” so I was really excited to see this post based on them. The looks are so adorable and you really did a great job translating the meaning of the songs into super cute looks.

  22. 22
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I’ve loved M&S for years. Question for Crystal–I studied in London in the fall and there was an NYU program in my same student housing building. Did you live in Nido?

  23. 23
    August 9th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Hey Katie! Actually, about 98% percent of the NYU in London program lived in Nido — but I was apart of the 2% that lived in UNITE – which was right on Woburn Place across from UCL campus! I really liked UNITE – although I have some fond memories of the Nido Cafe…and I spent a lot of my time around the Kings Cross area.

    Did you study at UCL as well? Well, we didn’t really study at UCL – we just utilized their campus, but I absolutely loved the area.

  24. 24
    August 9th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Oh, the Nido Cafe. How many papers I wrote at 4am in there. I didn’t study at UCL, but I was in a study center right around the corner on Great Russell Street. Did you know a girl named Karen? She was friends with one of my friends from the program.

  25. 25
    August 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t think I remember a Karen – but then again, I did study in the spring, not the fall :) I miss London so much. When you mentioned Great Russell Street it brought me back. Thanks for showing M&S some love, Katie! They’re playing in NYC in November and I’m so there…

  26. 26
    August 11th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Ah! I’m so happy about this post. I absolutely love Mumford & Sons. My sister got me hooked with “The Cave” and it was (gladly) stuck in my head for literally months. Anytime, I’m in the car with my sister we now always have “Little Lion Man” playing and we always belt out Marcus’ lyrics so loud. I love the outfits for the songs and they perfectly capture their sound. I’m soooo happy that more and more people are catching on!

  27. 27
    August 11th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    i love these outfit :) :)

  28. 28
    August 13th, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I honestly almost had a heart attack when I saw this post. Mumford & Sons. <3 They're so talented. :D

  29. 29
    August 16th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I actually love these ideas and it’s not even my style! :D Great post!

  30. 30
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Amazingggg band! I also think that the outfits are amazing. These outfits are a perfect transition from summer to fall. I also completely agree that Mumford & Sons are very simlar to the Avett Brothers. I think that maybe you should do “3 Looks Inspired by…” The Avett Brothers and Ray Lamontagne both great bands/musicians.

    -E

  31. 31
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Currently (and, well, for the past long while) such a large percentage of my musical love is devoted to The Avett Brothers! While others loved seeing Mumford & Sons in this title, my heart nearly leapt out of my mouth at seeing my beloved Brothers mentioned!

    Thanks so much for this new music rec.! I see Mumford & Sons on loop on my computer in the very near future…

  32. 32
    September 21st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    the very first time i heard Mumford and Sons i was sick @ home, i fell in love with Marcus & the rest of the gang emidiently!!!!!!!! I LOVE MUMFORD AND SONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 OXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  33. 33
    October 24th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    The Cave is my favorite song at the moment and when I saw you’re outfit for it I think I melted a little. ha, unfortunately when I went to buy the beautiful dress it was all sold out. Really great outfits and great artists :)

  34. 34
    November 5th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this band. The words speak to me (and I’m sure many others) in a very meaningfull way!!! I’m inlove with the music!

  35. 35
    November 10th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I happened to stumble on Mumford & Sons awhile ago and I’m soooooo glad that I did because they are one of my favorite bands to listen to! Can’t wait to see them perform live!……Luv outfits 1 and 3

  36. 36
    August 1st, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Love these looks! Im building up a Mumford wardrobe, investing in loads of plaid and folksy items, like you’ve shown! Mumford & Sons are the best band ever”!

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